Some Good Reading
Since my last few entries have been picture heavy and long, i thought that it was time to share with you some great articles i've read recently. Bitch is one of my favourite magazines and this current issue (No. 34 Winter 2007) is especially good. I recommend the feminist knitter in you as well as the vegetarian/vegan in you to get a copy today: there are 2 great articles in there just for us!
The knitting article, "Knot in Our Name," shares what it's like to be a feminist knitter and someone who is challenging what a 'domestic woman' is as well as squashing the stereotype that all knitters are the same. I especially love the piece about radical knitters where the author shares info about a group called knitPro - a web-based protest site that addresses sweatshop labour.
The other article is about being a vegetarian and being a feminist, and how, unfortunately, these two identities don't cross paths much and support each other more. For instance, PETA doesn't link woman abuse and the abuse of animals, and woman-centred agencies don't typically have resources for vegetarians. It may not be an important connection for some, but for me, it is. I am a vegan because i am a woman, and because i wish to live in a non-violent world. Being a violence against woman activist, the connection between what i eat and my gender politics need to complement each other, as Aimee Dowl, the author of "Friend or Food: Raising the Flag for Feminist Vegetarianism" writes.
The last article was forwarded to me by a friend that obviously knows me well. The New York Times wrote a story on January 11/07 about the industry of vegan style. Right up my alley. Check out this link to read more. I especially loved hearing about all the vegan stores opening up and doing well in New York City. It's a solid article and the best part is that it's in the style section and shoes once again that being a vegan is more than eating tofu every day and only wearing hemp smocks. I know, i know,now i'm stereotyping!